A few days ago, I posted a link to Jean Wong’s fashion blog and decided to dedicate this blog to 5 notable rising Asian Americans in the fashion industry. First we start with..
Best known for designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown, Jason Wu was born in Taiwan moved to Vancouver at age nine and attended highschool in the United States. He learned how to sew by designing and sewing clothes for dolls and studied sculpture in Tokyo. He attended the Parsons The New School For Design and interned with Narciso Rodriguez. He has been nominated for 2008 Vogue Fashion Fund Award. He has debuted a women’s clothing and accessories collection throughout Target in Feburary and March of this year.
Alexander Wang is Taiwanese American and also and like Jason Wu, attended Parsons The New School for Design. He launched his women’s clothing line in 2007. He has been nominated for a 2008 Council of Fashion Designers of America in Women’s Wear. In 2009, he was recognized by his peers when he was announced as the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year and in October 2009, he was the recipient of the Swiss Textiles Award.Last year, he has opened the Alexander Wang store in Soho, New York.
She was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to New York to attend the Parsons New School but left the school after 2 years to head straight into the industry. In 1980 she brought her collection of six pieces to the Boutique Show, a New York trade fair, and caught the eye of a Macy’s buyer; a Christmas window and an ad in The New York Times followed. For the next decade, Sui produced and ran her business out of her apartment, until noted friends (one of them Naomi Campbell) convinced her to step up to the real runway in 1991. A year later she opened a boutique in Soho. Today Sui has more than 30 boutiques worldwide. In 2009, she earned a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Derek Lam, Chinese American, originated from San Franciso. Fashion clearly ran through Lam’s blood whose grandparents ran a garment factory that specialized in bridal gowns. In the 1990s, after attending fashion school, he worked as an assistant to Michael Kors in the 1990s. After spending time in Hong Kong, he was named Vice President of Design for Michael Kors Kors line. In 2003, he launched his own fashion debut label during New York Fashion Week. Two years later, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovoski for new designers and started hiw own line of clothes.
And we can’t forget…
Famously known for her wedding gowns, she is a New York City based fashion design and is of Chinese descent. Vera attended the University of Paris and got an Art History degree from Sarah Lawrence College. After not making the US Olympics team for figuring skating, Vera transitioned to the fashion industry. She was a fashion editor for Vogue and later joined Ralph Lauren as Design Director for two years. In 1990, Vera opened her own Salon in New York featuring her lovely dresses
(I shamelessly went into one of her bridal boutiques on Newbury Street in Boston and just gazed at her gowns)